What you need to know about the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)


Coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:

• Take the flu shot annually

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard tissue in the trash.

• Cough inside your elbow if no tissue is available.

• Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

• Stay home when you are sick.

Patients with Coronavirus have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. There is no specific antiviral treatment for Coronavirus. People with coronavirus can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. When patient seeks medical care, notify the staff IMMEDIATELY of your health concerns.

Union General Hospital and Rural Health Clinic are doing everything possible to protect our staff, patients and community from the transmission of respiratory viruses. We are providing personal protective equipment for all direct patient care and training for those staff members. We require all employees to wash their hands with soap and water and if not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Housekeeping and the different departments will wipe down the facility and equipment with a disinfectant numerous times a day.

The CDC is recommending travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, to defer all cruise ship travel worldwide. When traveling by air, people who are acutely ill, or still within the infectious period for a specific disease, should delay their travel until they are no longer contagious. For example, otherwise healthy adults can transmit influenza to others for 5–7 days.

Travelers should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations and receive destination-specific vaccinations before travel.

Travelers should be reminded to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly (or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol), especially after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food, and to cover their noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing. Check with your airline as some airlines have canceled their flights into affected countries at this time.